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40% Willing To Give Up Civil Liberties

Four in 10 Americans say they would be willing to give up some of their civil liberties if it were necessary to curb terrorism in the United States, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The survey, conducted by CNN in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, found that a plurality — 49 percent — said they would not be willing to do so, while 9 percent of respondents said their answer would depend on the exact circumstances. But more Americans — 61 percent — say they are worried that the government will enact new counterterrorism policies that will restrict civil liberties, while just 31 percent say they are more concerned lawmakers would fail to put in place new safeguards/Justin Sink, The Hill. More here.

Question: Would you give up your civil liberties to fight terrorism?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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